Suzuki Motorcycle India, which is among the few two-wheeler OEMs recording growth amid the current market slowdown, has launched the new Gixxer motorcycle priced at Rs 100,212 (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, it costs Rs 12,000 more than the older model.
The naked motorcycle features a new headlight, which will most likely be shared with the upcoming Gixxer 250. This headlight is an LED unit as is the new tail-light. As the new Gixxer is essentially a Gixxer SF without the fairing, the mechanicals components remain the same. They feature the same fuel tank, split seat and alloy wheels. Some of these components also remain unchanged from the older Gixxer 155 variants.
Like the SF, the naked Gixxer also features the same chrome-tipped double-barrel exhaust and the fully digital instrument cluster. It misses out on a belly pan like the previous-gen model, but the upcoming Gixxer 250 is expected to get one.
The Gixxer 155 is powered by the same 154.9cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine from its faired counterpart and makes an identical 14.1hp and 14Nm of torque. Like the SF, the naked Gixxer uses fuel-injection as its sole fuelling method. Single-channel ABS comes as part of standard equipment.]
The 2019 Gixxer has a claimed kerb weight of 140kg, making it 6kg lighter than the full-faired Gixxer SF.
At Rs 100,212,the new Gixxer directly rivals the Yamaha FZ-FI (Rs 95,680), TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI ABS (Rs 99,101) and the Honda CB Hornet 160R (starting at Rs 92,108).
According to Koichiro Hirao, company head, Suzuki Motorcycle India, “The new Suzuki Gixxer is built keeping in mind a dynamic rider seeking exhilaration and power with each ride. We are excited to continuously build our motorcycle portfolio, aiming to increase our market share in the segment.”
Devashish Handa, vice-president, Suzuki Motorcycle India, said, “With the growing popularity of premium sports motorcycles in India, we present the new Suzuki Gixxer which gets aggressive style, advanced technology and powerful performance. Suzuki Motorcycle India is growing at a robust pace with the Gixxer being the flagship brand.”
In the April-June 2019 period, Suzuki Motorcycle India has sold a total of 176,668 units, which marks 16.14 percent year-on-year growth. The company has a two-wheeler market share of 3.52 percent.